Countdown to FI
By Countdown to FI
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Follow the journey of one couple as they pursue financial independence and living a life of freedom. Topics include early retirement, saving, investing, travel hacking, debt payoff and much more. Tune in weekly to learn tactics for becoming financially free and begin pursuing your best life!
||CleanEpisode 41 - Living Life Loving Us Interview||Today we chat with Jenny and Jimmy from Living Life, Loving Us. We have a great time and hit on topics galore: Fluid FIRE plans and pensions LLLU payoff plan and downsizing Minimalism Fitness and diet and finances Making the right choices...||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40 - Andy Aardvark Interview||Today we welcome Andy from Aardvark Advisor. We get into all sorts of topics such as: Is there such thing as FI oversaturation? Personalities/dispositions that FI attracts Why do people not worry about financial or physical health even...||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39 - Mr. Groovy Interview #2||Mr. Groovy has released his book, and Mr. CTF and him sat down for a chat on various topics he covers in the book and all the things that Mr. CTF has been yearning to ask him since his last show appearance: The different FI story for everyone 10...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38 - A Big Decision||The dynamic duo are back with a solo show! Today we talk about Apple, FinCon, and a change of plans. Enjoy!||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37 - Chain of Wealth Interview||Today, we chat with Dennis and Katie from Chain of Wealth! Dennis and Katie's story and how Katie paid off $175k in a year Car co-signing horror stories Differences between Americans and immigrants 10-year plan Buying equities on margin Common...||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36 - Mastermind Within Interview||Erik from the Mastermind Within comes on to challenge the CTFs on traditional FI thoughts. Difficulty making money on business Investing in yourself vs stocks Will stocks always go up? Is the stock market the best investment? How does a Mastermind...||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35 - Ms. ZiYou Interview||Today we interview Ms. ZiYou from across the pond! We hit on travel, the beauty tax, why Mr. CTF deserves a scolding, retiring on a million, and how she ended up owning a home at 19 years old. She's one smart cookie, so listen up!...||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34 - Mrs. CTF Takeover||Mr. CTF isn't around*, so I'm taking over. We hit on all of the topics that have me all fired (FIREd?) up today. The fat pink luxury tax & other terrible things on Facebook College tuition Quality & sustainability versus price Striking...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33 - Doc G Interview||Today we talk with Doc G from DiverseFI.com. Trading money for time Viewing tragedy Healthcare in the US Fat FIRE The many paths to FI Happiness and the "money-mind meld" Teaching kids about finances Real estate vs. stock market You can find Doc G...||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32 - Interview with Raj||Today we interview Raj. If you're sitting here wondering who the hell that is, that's probably because he's just a normal guy--no blog, no podcast. He provides interesting insight as he's lived in both India and the US. We also chat...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31 - The Echo Chamber of FI||Did I just hear an echo? (echo?) (echo?) Have we lost the ability to be friends and disagree? The problem with being able to surround yourself with yourself The stories we tell ourselves The first amendment (yep we went there) The ridiculous pf news...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 - A FI 4-Way||This week we bring your 4 FI couples across the US (literally we hit every time zone in the contiguous states) to discuss a variety of topics. Mr. & Mrs. Groovy, My Sons Father & Mother, Mr. & Mrs. WoW join us today. We hit too many topics...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 - Wife/Breadwinner/Bad Ass||We here at Countdown to FI aren't afraid to have tough discussions on sensitive subjects! This week we weigh in on the wage gap between men and women. Buckle up! Highlights include: Does the wage gap start in childhood with allowance? What influences..||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28 - Can You Really Retire on $1 Million?||Spoiler alert: yes, yes you can. It seem like it's been awhile since just the two of us recorded a podcast. We have so much to catch up on! -Being weird and different -Annual fire sale -New July challenge -Is a million bucks a lot of money? -Can you live on $40k a year? -Why we're not pursuing fat FIRE Don't let the cryptobros get you down!||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 - Interview with Apathy Ends||We sat down and had a wonderful chat with Mr. Apathy Ends. Things we talked about: Child expenses and FIREing with kids How many people actually invest in 401k? Investment strategy How FU money changes your perspective on work Is there such...||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 - Interview with Live Daily Mo||Mo runs the Live Daily Mo blog and Mini Retiree Ramblings podcast. Mo joins us today all the way from the Philippines to discuss various topics: How Mo ended up in a mini-retirement and when/if/how he will leave Philippines. Cultural differences...||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25 - The Complete History of our Auto-Related Dumbassery||If you're feeling down about a terrible decision that you've made in the past, take a listen to this. Mr. and Mrs. CTF have done egregious things with cars. We also have the ridiculous personal finance news of the week with the $1...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - Interview with The Wealth Hound||Today we interview the awesomely named blog, The Wealth Hound. We were able to steal him away for a bit just before his baby was born to talk with him on a variety of topics including: Reading after college Avoiding debt Difference between...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23 - Blood of the Turnip||Ooof! We hit some heavy topics this week. I promise it's not all depressing. Our true selves are coming out Tesla Long term care and America's culture with death/illness Healthcare in early retirement New ways we're trimming form our...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Interview with Route to Retire||Today we interview Jim from Route to Retire. He's about 18 months away from retiring, so we had lots of questions! Thoughts when retirement is so near The bucket system & ROTH conversion ladder & other methods for getting money...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Measure or Misery||Y'all are gonna love this show...no really, you are! Here are the juicy nuggets you can look forward to: New segment-ridiculous personal finance news of the week! This week we talk about gas prices rising...OMG! Travel hack update Why we may...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20 - Interview with Waffles On Wednesday||Today we interview Mr. and Mrs. WoW. It's a very conversational episode with a wide variety of topics and lots of tangents. An attempt at a summary: S****y rap music Sacred cows (ice cream and travel) Things we hate spending money on (TV...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - Are We Spoiling Our Kids?||Every parent worries about if they are raising their kids right. We discuss how we are raising our kids and what we are teaching them about finances. You'll hear on this episode: Our kids make their Podcast debut and talk about the Bank...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 - Lessons Learned from a %$#&! Job||The Pay Off Debt Vs. Invest debate is finally settled. We discuss the new plan for 2018 and the reasoning for selling the Leaf. Just about any job is better than telemarketing/fast food Mr. CTF runs through some of the trouble he got into with...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 - Privileged Much?||Warning: this show might piss you off and there's a bit more swears than usual. Today we take on what FI Twitter is warring about these days: privilege or lack their of. Takeaways: You should be able to hear a viewpoint that is different from your...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Why Retiring Early is Dumb as Hell||Click bait show title! In today's show we discuss why retiring early may be a bad idea. Also: Giving the kids a "paycheck" and paying them interest on their savings Second-guessing living in a smaller, modest home? Rant on expensive kids...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Interview with Tread Lightly, Retire Early||This week's show provides an interview with Angela from the blog Tread Lightly, Retire Early. Flexibility that FI provides, especially with maternity/paternity leave Green building and our communities National Parks and camping Frugal weddings Small...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - Interview with My Sons Father||We're excited to speak with My Sons Father today! We interviewed him, and he interviewed us. It's a podcast inception! Topics discussed: The FI community Effects of a parent's death on financial and worldview How the Countdowns met Finance...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Interview with Mr. Groovy||Mr. CTF and Mr. Groovy sit down for a chat. Things discussed: Mr. Groovy discusses moving from NY to NC to Groovy Ranch and the thought process behind the move Fears and realities of uprooting Transition from wages to retirement Public vs...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Stocks on Sale||We're back with just the two of us this week. A lot has happened in the past few weeks so: Monthly recap Promotion - what to do with the raise? Stocks on sale - is a correction coming? Tax pivot Goals for days The next travel hack adventure ...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Interview with Financial Panther||On today's show we interview Kevin, the Financial Panther. Topics discussed include: Kevin's journey and amazing law school student loan payoff Career flexibility Side hustles Biking to work Travel hacking Barista FIRE To learn more about...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Interview with Gwen and J||If you haven't heard from Gwen and J from the FIRE Drill podcast then you are in for a real treat! In this episode we have the ladies on the show and have a wide-ranging discussion on many topics: How millennials are viewed Career and college...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - Payoff Debt or Invest?||You're in for a real treat in this episode! The CTF's debate (argue) about what we should prioritize: paying off our student loans or investing into our taxable brokerage account. You are probably going to agree with Mrs. Countdown. Other gems in this..||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - January Recap||Mr. and Mrs. Countdown discuss how the month of January went financially and our process for updating our net worth and financial independence spreadsheets. Other things discussed: How we did on the budget for the month Fighting...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - How Travel Hacking Got Us to Disney World for Free||Today we discuss the pros and cons of travel hacking and our plan of how we got 5 people on a 9 day trip to Florida for $500 all said and done. If you're interested in any of the cards we talked about on the show today, check out the show notes on our..||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Interview with the Millionaire Educator||Today we interview the Millionaire Educator @Ed_Mills_! Topics discussed: Life in Mexico The difference between the poor in America and Mexico Sasquatch 457s and the Republican Tax Plan What to teach your child about FI Advice for high school...||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Parallels of Physical and Fiscal Fitness||Today we cover two of the most important things to master: physical health and fiscal health. Topics include: The ridiculousness of snowblowers Cultural problems surrounding weight loss and finances Similar behaviors required for the success of...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Wealth Building Behaviors||Mr. and Mrs. Countdown discuss the raw water craze, a million dollar blanket and why we won't be buying Bitcoin. Also our 2018 financial goals and introduction of the wealth building behaviors series. Wealth Building Behaviors discussed: Stop...||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - How We're Saving $100K in 2018||In today's show Mr. Countdown flies solo and has a rant about Multi-level marketing. Also: Our plan for achieving financial independence and why we are pursuing FI How FI makes you flexible, even before you reach your number The magic of the...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Tax Planning and Other Excitement of Financial Independence||The only things certain in life are death and taxes. Today's show may make you rethink the latter. Rant on Americans' perception of the GOP tax plan The real price of a purchase Difference between salary, AGI, and taxable...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Welcome and Introduction||Meet Mr. and Mrs. Countdown! We're two average people that on are our way to financial independence. We'll give a short recap of our journey from broke to debt payoff to wealth building with an eye on financial independence. Join us!||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Personal Finance at its Best!!
Whether you are new to the personal finance community or a grizzled veteran, you'll undoubtedly find value in this podcast. Mr. & Mrs. CTF bring a personal touch that makes for compelling listening and they add the financial knowledge to educate their listeners. Check it out, you won't regret it!
I enjoy listening to these two each week. They have a fun interview style and they ask thoughtful, different questions you won’t hear on other podcasts.
I’m leaving a review to affirm. It’s an enjoyable show.